Lot 609: Lotus Elan S2 Competition Coup�
Introduced in 1962, the Elan featured a simple but effective steel backbone frame and all-independent wishbone suspension, which used a modified Chapman Strut - as developed in Lotus Grand Prix cars - at the rear. Rack-and-pinion steering was sourced from the Triumph Vitesse, and there were Girling disc brakes all round. The Elan's engine was a highly modified 1,498cc (later 1,558cc) Ford Cortina unit incorporating Lotus's own twin-camshaft cylinder head, and both the gearbox and differential came likewise from Ford. Introduced in November 1964, the S2 featured numerous detail styling changes and improved brakes. As one would expect, given its background and specification, the Elan proved to be a highly capable circuit racer, and capitalising on the numerous successes achieved by privately entered cars Lotus introduced their own version - the '26R' - in 1964. A left-hand drive model, this competition-modified Elan S2 drophead coup� was restored in 2008 and has always been well maintained. Prepared by the well-known Lotus workshop of Marco Montanari in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the Elan won the Italian Historic Championship in 2010 following a class win in 2009. The car is described as ready to race, its engine producing some 183bhp, and comes with current FIA HTP documents.
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Bonhams, Paris, France
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€41400|
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